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      07.07.2014 18:37
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      • "Bottle is recyclable."
      • "PH skin friendly"
      • "Suitable for all the family"
      • "Fresh Citrus smell"
      • "Great for in the kitchen"

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      • "A bit week on the lather."

      Great handwash for in my kitchen.

      I am a bit fussy about the liquid soap hand wash that I use in my kitchen. I like it to be effective of course but I also like it to have a scent that does not interfere when you are preparing food. Exotic floral bouquets have their place but not when you are taking a little taste of a dish to check the seasoning and a great waft hits your nose when you are expecting a savoury, meaty smell. So florals are out but I did spot Imperial Leather Citrus Burst the other day in Morrisons and as it was on special offer and promised a citrus scent, I decided to give it a try. The packaging is pleasant, a clear plastic bottle cleverly shaped to male it easy to hold, through which the pale green liquid shows with the Cussons Imperial leather crest on the front along with a small drawing of limes and kiwi fruit to show that it contains lime oils and kiwi extracts. It also states the it is naturally antibacterial which is a plus for something that will be used in a kitchen. On the reverse we are promised ?rich, fragrant and creamy lather? which will leave our hands supple and soft. The pump action is easy to use and dispenses about a 50 pence size of the pale green clear liquid onto the palm of your wet hand. It is not too runny and once the hands are rubbed together it does foam up a little but not very much. I then give my hands a good rub together and then rinse off. My Opinion. There is a smell of lime, which I like left, on your hands but I find this agreeable when used in the kitchen and not intrusive. It does get rid of fish, garlic and curry smells and leave my hands feeling clean but I cannot notice any improvement in my skin, maybe that is a little too much to expect. I would recommend this for use by the whole family as it dermatologically tested and pH skin friendly and I think men would like the fresh lime smell. I would certainly buy this again for use in the kitchen. I paid 1.00 ponds for 300 mL on special offer at Morrisons. Thanks for reading my review.

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        25.06.2014 18:10
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        • "Easy to use."
        • "Creamy and mild."
        • "Very tasty."

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        • "Contains nuts."
        • "A bit expensive."

        Patak's Pleasing Pasanda Curry Sauce.

        I do enjoy a nice curry but I do prefer it to be a pleasant experience rather than a painful one so I tend to favour the gentler sauces as opposed to the those that your tonsils feel the need to ring for a fire engine. Patak''s Pasanda caught my eye a few weeks ago as it was on special offer in Morrisons, down from 2.49 pounds to 1.00 pound. For a 450g jar this appeared good value to me. Patak''s is a very reputable brand which has introduced many of us to the joys of curry. The jar has a colourful purple and gold label with a matching screw on lid with a safety button.The sauce is an pale sort of orange, fawn colour with just a hint of speckles from the spices. The label shows a bowl of tasty curry above which is written " A rich, creamy peanut and almond sauce with hints of cardamon." It''s heat rating is mild, indicated by one chili and it serves 4 people. There is an allergy warning for those of us who are sensitive to nuts, mustard and milk. It is suitable for vegetarians and contains no artificial colours or flavouring. The nutritional content based on quarter of a jar of an adults guideline daily amount is shown clearly on the front. More nurtitional information based on 100g appears on the back as does the ingredients. One thing to bear in mind in big letters is says. "Once Jar is Opened Use Immediately" Preparing it is so simple. The directions are given on the back of the jar but basically it is choose chicken or a mix of vegetables and prawns. (I used a large turkey breast), Patak''s recommend 4 chicken breasts for four people. Heat a little vegetable oil in a pan and seal and fry the diced chicken in the oil until the meat is browned and sealed and then add the jar of sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Mine bubbled along happily in the pan with the lid on and gave off a lovely smell. The result is a smooth creamy curry with a hint of sweetness and nuts, mild and extremely tasty. The amount of sauce is generous and does 4 hungry people and was of a good, thick consistency. I served it with rice and added some mushrooms to the sauce and every drop was gobbled up, a great success. My Opinion. Mild but not feeble, it was just what we wanted and I was happy to get it for such a good price. It can be dressed up by adding some other veg and flaked almonds. Served with bread such as naan or pappadums and some Patak''s chutney, you have a real Indian feast. A bit too expensive at full price but if it is on special offer again I shall buy a few jars as it has a long best before date. My bottle was best before November 2015.

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        24.06.2014 09:31
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        Great conditioner for hair that snarls!

        My hair does not swish. It does not shine and swing nor does it gleam like silk or glow with condition. If anything it sort of snarls in a quiet, menacing way. I put it down to genetics. My Scottish ancestors obviously spent a long time hiding out in the heather so that a tough, springy, thatch developed to protect them from the cold and rain. The gray hairs are even tougher so I certainly need a strong and effective conditioner. This kind of hair does have it''s advantages, no need to style, leave it alone to dry, but it would be nice if it felt a bit softer. American Cream to the rescue! This is the first Lush product that I have tried. A goody bag of products for my birthday came my way in the UK whilst visiting family. Among them was a tub of American Cream hair conditioner. Now I had read a lot of stuff about Lush so was quite interested to try this. It had been selected by my niece (who has worked for Lush) and has also has inherited this type of hair. I expect you all know how Lush products are packaged this arrived in a simple plastic bottle so I shall skip describing the packaging and go right to the smell. It does smell like ice cream soda! Just like the ice cream and lemonade mixture that we used to have on holiday. Sweet and creamy. On to wet clean hair I massaged quite a large dollop of the white thick cream and easily worked it through. I then left it for a couple of minutes. And then easily rinsed it out and left my hair to dry naturally. Then as they say ?tah -dah!? (sorry that''s Boots) It had surprisingly worked it''s magic and I had soft, sweetly slightly herb scented, shiny hair. You could have knocked me down with a re cycled bag. How does it do It? I don''t know but it''s probably in all those lovely ingredients which include Honey water, vanilla pod infusion, fresh oranges, fresh strawberries and Lavender Oil , Vanilla Absolute and Lavender oil. Apparently the vitamin C makes the hair follicles lie flat so they reflect more light. and looks shinier. For the next two days I had soft and shiny hair which smelled lovely and fresh and then I washed it again and used the conditioner again. It was not just a flash in the pan, I now know that I can achieve soft, shiny hair at last. It is in my opinion, great but expensive starting at 4.50 pounds for 100g, the largest size costs 14.25 pounds for 500g But, for hair like mine it has been the best conditioner I have used. I also like the Lush ethos of natural ingredients, responsibly sourced and no animal testing so perhaps I shall just have to write a few more reviews to afford it.

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        08.03.2014 15:37
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        Good shaving gel from Gillette.

        For many years, when Capt Springtide ran out of shaving gel I would buy whatever was the most cheap and cheerful. Mostly this would be a supermarkets own brand until one day by chance I picked up a can of Gillette Series Shave Gel for Sensitive Skin and from that day on it has been the only one that he will use. Once he has got something he likes, that's it.I too, have been known to steal his precious can when the legs emerge from the winter so this review is from a joint perspective, a sort of 2 for 1 special offer.

        With "Gillette" written in large letters on the blue and silver aerosol can it is easy to spot on the shelf. My can may be a little different as it was bought somewhere in Spain but I can see that it has a comfort glide formula and that it's aloe vera content provides a smooth shaving experience. On the reverse of the can in five languages, none of which are English, it tells us that it has a light fragrance and reminds us to that it is under pressure and must be kept out of direct sunlight and the reach of children and that it is inflammable.

        That out of the way, on to the shaving experience. My husband does not very sensitive skin but he does say that this helps the razor to slide over the skin and so help to cut his very strong beard. Think Spanish Desperado and you have an idea. Give the can a quick shake and then take off the transparent top. This top might as well go in the bin now as it is never replaced. The bluey coloured gel is thick and translucent and comes out easily when the top is depressed. A little goes a long way and I always tend to be over enthusiastic and squirt too much..Next rub your hand together and as if by magic it turns into a nice thick mousse with a lovely fresh and slightly spicy fragrance.

        Once applies to wet skin and smoothed around you can start to shave. The razor really does glide well and does not block up and makes shaving very easy. Once the job is done the remainder washes away easily and you are left with nice smooth skin without any nicks or rough bits.

        My Opinion.

        It is worth the extra money to have a happy shaving experience with such a nice fragrance thrown in as well. I now never buy a shaving gel aimed at women because this does the job so well and leaves my legs smooth and soft, which is what after all, I am aiming for. It is more expensive than others prices seem to vary between 2.00 pounds and 3.00 pounds for 200ml but I think it is worth it especially on special offers.

        5 out of 5 stars from us.

        Readily available in supermarkets the can is recyclable.

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        07.03.2014 08:48
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        Fresh tooth paste from Colgate.

        It is hard to get excited about toothpaste so I like to ring the changes and try out different brands especially when they are on offer! Colgate is one brand that I have a lot of confidence in and I was happy to see that their Max Fresh toothpaste was on special offer in my local Morrisons. Although it was still more expensive than their own brand I had really enjoyed using their other Max fresh toothpaste and I was not disappointed in this clean mint variety.

        The packaging with it's bold traditional white Colgate logo on a red background and Max Fresh proclaimed alongside, is easy to spot amongst the other brands. The rest of the design consist of bright blue and minty green with cooling crystals shooting out of a green square. It looks quite dynamic and the plastic tube in inside reflects the same design.

        The top of the tube has a flip open top which connects to the neck of the tube. I like this as you cannot lose the top or, as I once did, drop a top down a posh sink hole and couldn't get it back. Once open you can really smell the minty, I would say spearmint smell. I find it very refreshing and once on the toothbrush the little white cooling crystals can be seen in the gel. They look like little white, flat squares but once you start brushing you don't notice them at all.

        The taste is definitely minty but not overpowering and leaves my mouth feeling really clean. The paste does not froth too much and is easy to wash away, not leaving white marks on your mouth unlike some brands.
        The cooling crystals promise a new dimension in freshness and although this might be a gimmick it may make teeth cleaning more interesting for children as you can actually see the small white crystals in the clear green gel but please be advised that this should not be used by children under seven, maybe this is because of the fluoride content of 0,32%

        My opinion.

        I find it a very refreshing toothpaste which offers all round protection and prefer it to the baking soda type that my husband likes so in our house we have two types! I would favour this to other brands but I do find it expensive at around 2.50 pounds so only buy it on special offer. For this I deduct one star and award it:-

        4 out of 5

        Readily available in supermarkets it has a 12 month life when opened and the tube is recyclable.

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        • Northanger Abbey (DVD) / DVD / 26 Readings / 26 Ratings
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          an enjoyable adaptation of Northanger Abbey

          It was with a little trepidation that we sat down to watch this production by ITV of one of the lesser known novels by Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey. The reason for this being that their version of Mansfield Par, also by the brilliant Jane Austen had been a very lack lustre and ill cast affair but they certainly redeemed themselves in this sparkling portrayal of the fashionable City of Bath the society of Jane Austen's day and the pursuit of happiness and money, often in the reverse order!.

          Plot.

          Catherine Morland is a pretty 17year old who has fallen under the spell of the dramatic, Gothic novels of her day. She leaves her large, happy family and goes to fashionable Bath with a well off couple, Mr and Mrs Allen. She is now in the midst of a much more rapacious and mercenary society where heiresses are pursued for their money and handsome rakes amuse themselves by notching up conquests.

          Catherine is drawn into the company of pretty and flirtatious Isabella, another great fan of the racy Gothic novels, who has already captured the heart of Catherine's brother John and whose own brother, the loud and pretentious James makes a play for Catherine's affections. As a counterpoint, we are introduced to the gently witty and charming Henry Tilney and his charming sister Eleanor. Henry falls under the innocent Catherine's spell but, he Tilney family, with their fierce and forbidding father, and rakish brother are hiding a dark secret in the depths of their grim ancestral home, Northanger Abbey. Or are they? Catherine will find out when she is eventually asked to visit.

          My Opinion.

          This is a delightful adaption of the novel if massaged a little from the original book. The actors portray their characters well, the hero is handsome, the villains, villainous and Catherine is pretty and believable as her overworked imagination leads her into dire trouble. Although this is one of Jane Austen's most amusing novels we are never left in any doubt that money, over love was a huge factor in the mercenary world into which Catherine is plunged. Coupled with elegant costumes and scenery and a hugely dark and forbidding castle as well I would recommend this to any Jane Austen fan as a very watchable adaption . This will not be going to the swap shop.

          Cast

          Catherine Morland- Felicity Jones.
          Henry Tiney- JJ Field
          Isabella Thorpe- Carey Mulligan
          John Thorpe- William Beck
          General Tilney- Liam Cunningham
          James Morland- Hugh O'Connor
          Eleanor Tilney- Catherine Walker

          Screenplay by Andrew Davies, produced by Keith Thompson and Directed by Jon Jones.

          4 out of 5 stars from me , not quite up to BBC standard but close.

          Running time 92 minutes and classed as PG.

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          01.03.2014 18:22
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          A dreary soup from Heinz.

          When it comes to soup there is no debate, home made is best. Normally we make our own but things have been a bit difficult lately due to the chief soup maker dropping a marble table top on his hand and breaking three fingers! I was quite glad to see that Heinz had a special offer on in my local Morrisons in Gibraltar and with a sigh of relief quickly chucked a few cans including two Spring Vegetable in my trolley whilst he of the broken fingers waited in the car.

          Home again we decided on a quick lunch and were quite looking forward to a tasty soup. Certainly the traditional red Heinz can looked appetising with a bowl of steaming soup on the front along with some nice fresh bread. It was when we put it in the pan that the doubts crept in

          First of all the liquid part is an odd beige colour, there were vegetables but they didn't look very spry and certainly not spring like. The ingredients were listed on the tin and contained in descending order,

          Water, Carrots, Potatoes, Peas, Rice, Swedes, cornflour,Flavouring (contains Celery and Mustard) Sugar, Red Peppers, Vegetable Oil,salt , Garlic Salt, Herb Extract Spice Extract, Herb colour- Beta Carotene. The veg content is 27%.

          We heated it up in the pan, as opposed to the microwave until it was good and hot and then tucked in. It tasted about as good as it looked, beige and boring. There were vegetables but they were small and sad and overall the whole thing was a disappointment. Unfortunately I had bought two of these but Captain Springtide bravely made a soup with a plastic bag tied over one hand and we disguised the contents of can number two in amongst this.

          My Opinion.

          Don't bother even if it's on special offer! I expected better from Heinz.

          2 out 5 stars from us.

          Available in supermarkets at around 89pence for 400g. Asda have an offer on for 5 for 3 pounds.

          Thanks for reading my review and normal soup making will resume shortly!

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          Traditional sage and Onion Stuffing from Paxo.

          Paxo stuffing is a great favorite in our house not just at Christmas and Easter but at any time when a meal is looking a bit on the boring side. The addition of Paxo can soon perk it up and turn it into something a bit special.

          What is it?

          Paxo Sage and Onion is a pre prepared, tasty stuffing mix to which you simply add boiling water and then cook in your chosen manner. My pack is the family pack which contains 240g which, we are told on the packet, makes up to 16 stuffing balls.
          The pack is easy to recognise as it bears the traditional "Paxo" logo in yellow against a blue background surrounded by a heart made out of steam!. On the pack is also a picture of a golden, roast chicken against which are snuggled the finished, crispy stuffing balls looking very appetising and delicious. Some slices of onion and a few sage leaves also star on the front along with the nutritional values for a stuffing ball of 50g which are as follows. The figures in bracket reflect the percentage of an adults recommended intake.

          Energy 57kcals (3%
          Fat O.7g (1%)
          Saturates 0.3g (2%)
          Sugars 1.0g (1%)
          Salt 0.54g (9%)

          As you can see the one to watch out for is the salt. My husband has high blood pressure so I try and not serve too many at a time!
          On the reverse is a little history of how Paxo was developed by John Crampton, a butcher from Eccles near Manchester, to make the perfect accompaniment to the traditional roast dinner. Good lad, John!

          What's in it?

          Here are the ingredients: Wheat flour, Dried onion (15%), vegetable oils (Palm, Sunflower), Salt, Dried Sage (2%), Dried parsley, Raising Agents (Ammonium Carbonate, sodium Hydrogen Carbonate), Barley Malt Extract.

          Allergy warning draws attention to cereals containing gluten and may also contain milk

          How to prepare.

          Tear open the top of the box and inside you will find a clear sachet containing what looks like small breadcrumbs with a few speckled green bits in it. At this stage I tend to give the pack a shake so as to mix the bigger and smaller crumbs together. Carefully rip or cut the top open and release the herby aroma.Too much oomph and it will go everywhere. The pack makes 16 balls but there are just two of us so I pour a bout a quarter of the pack into a heat proof bowl and add about 150 ml of boiling water and a knob of butter.

          A note of warning , start With too little rather than too much water as you want a mixture that will hold together after it has been mixed and left to stand for 5 minutes.
          After that, careful it's still hot, you can choose to either cook it in the oven in an ovenproof dish or alternatively form into balls and on a greased baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes at 220C or 200C for fan ovens, or, Mark 7 for gas.

          In the microwave, once you have made your mix, place it in a non metallic dish.Microwave on full (800w. Cat E) for two minutes until piping hot and then brown after under a grill if you want to.

          My own method is to make up the mix into balls and then fry them carefully so that the outside is all crispy brown and crunchy and the inside fluffy and tasty. This takes about 5 - 7 minutes in total.

          What to eat them with, and my opinion.

          Any roast or cut of meat in general will be improved by the herby tasty little dish and if you want a meal to go further or get a couple of unexpected guests this can extend the meal with style. I have tried using Paxo in different ways such as a wrapped stuffing for thinly sliced pork or chicken but I think that this makes the stuffing too stodgy as it gets mixed with the juice or gravy. The herb taste is not too strong so it will appeal to all ages and somehow particularly to men. Paxo give a good few examples of different ways to use Paxo on the back of the pack and I will soon be trying it as a topping to a pasta bake. There are good other ideas on their website www.paxo.co.uk.

          For all these reasons and the fact that it costs around 1.49pounds for the pack I award it.

          5 out of 5 stars.

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          A good all season tyre from Pirelli.

          Just under two years ago we were lucky enough to buy a second hand VW Toureg jeep. We live in southern Spain where the standard of driving varies enormously so although not many people do drive off road there are lots and lots of jeeps and strong 4x4 on the road to cope with the crazy drivers and every year the migration of workers who drive down through France and Spain to the ferry terminal of Algeciras and then across to Morocco.

          So a big strong car is required that can brake well in an emergency. The Touareg was in great condition but the tyres were looking very worn and sad so we bit the bullet and replaced all four at once.

          Why Pirelli Green Scorpion?

          Even though Pirelli Green Scorpion was recommended by VW for our 4x4 we decided to nave a little look around before we replaced them and found that prices varied a lot depending on the brand. Pirelli seemed to be (no pun intended), the middle of the road. Previously we had various brands of tyres on various jeeps and cars but I could not say that any of them were outstanding.

          Aqua planning, my least favourite thing.

          The feature that attracted us in particular with the Pirelli is that it has four special channels that give excellent protection against aqua planning as you can see from the photo. Although you might not think it this is a big problem where we live. The roads, while new, seem to have been built by people who have no idea of how to get the water off the road surface. It will only take 10 or 20 minutes of heavy rain and we are all sploshing around as if driving speed boats, not cars! Added to this many of the roundabouts (called glorietas in Spain) have been built to throw a car off rather than safely drive around. We have one near us that goes by the name of dead lorry roundabout. I shall leave it to your imagination!

          Save fuel, save the planet.

          Besides having excellent braking results another of the tyres selling points is their eco friendly qualities. The materials that they are made from reduce fuel consumption, ( a little anyway) and C02 emissions both in their manufacturing and whilst on the road. They claim to be longer lasting than previous tyres and also fulfill the 2012 EU regulations on the reduction of noise giving the passenger and the other road users a friendlier, less noisy experience.

          I could dazzle you with all types of technical stuff but the end result is we have used these all weather tyres on our 4x4 for just under two years. We have never aqua planned and we have been out in some nasty driving conditions. I am happy that they give us a goo braking distance and a comfortable ride. We have never had a puncture, yet, and they still look brand new.

          I treat them with respect and check that there are no stones etc stuck in the treads and check that I keep them at the correct pressure at least once a month. Sometimes they can look a bit bulgy where they touch the road but the pressures hardly vary at all.

          We paid 159 euros about 130 pounds per tyre a special rate as we bought four and I am sure they will last us for a good few years to come. I would buy these again as I will be giving them-

          5 out of 5 stars from me and the Touareg.



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            A pleasant scent from Hugo Boss

            My interest in perfume has developed late in life and I have a lot of catching up to do. Unfortunately perfumes are pretty expensive so earlier in the year I took advantage of some vouchers I had for e -bay and treated myself to a little cache of perfume samples.

            Among them was Hugo Boss XX for women and this along with another couple of Hugo Boss perfumes has seen me happily through my Christmas festivities without breaking the bank.

            XX!

            No not a double kiss but the chromosomes XX. This EDT is the companion to Hugo Boss XY for men so if your preference is for matching or complimenting perfumes you and your partner could try the pair.

            What is it like?

            My little sample was a lovely pale gold in colour and this is mirrored on the larger sizes by a gold XX on the simple, rather austere bottle which I do prefer rather than the more fanciful ones.

            As soon as you apply a little dab of the gold liquid I could smell the citrus of the mandarin which I particularly like. It is fresh and citrus and fruity. Blackcurrant and lychee are also in the top notes but a little more muted to my nose.

            After little while the heart notes start to emerge. These are basmati rice and jasmine sambac ( the national flower of the Philippines no less). Now I can definitely identify smell the jasmine as we have a night flowering jasmine in our garden. The basmati rice well if I had not read it I would not have been able to pick it out. I do like how the citrus notes flow into the jasmine and compliment each other and although I am not a great lover of flowery scent this is very pleasant.

            Following up with the base note there is the old favourite sandalwood, familiar and rather safe but good for a novice like me to pick out with ease.

            I have worn this during the day as it is light enough for that and also into the evening as the jasmine and sandalwood make it and easy but not outstanding scent to wear whilst out for the evening.

            Would I buy it?

            I think not it is pleasant but no more than that, it did not have great staying power or head turning qualities so I am glad that I tried the sample. The staying power is not long in about four hours it has just about vanished to a faint memory.

            I think that it would be a good choice for someone whose taste you did not know very well but you wanted to give them an attractive scent in a modern sleek glass bottle. Look out for the gold box with XX on it.

            3 stars out of 5 for me. I have a lot more to try!

            Prices range on amazon.co.uk EdT 40ml 19.11pounds
            60ml 25.00pounds
            100ml 27.73 pounds which is just about half price!

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          • Mars Celebrations / Chocolate / 31 Readings / 30 Ratings
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            Great for sharing any time.

            The first time that I saw a giant 750g tub of Celebrations chocolates was in our staff canteen when a kind member of the office staff had given us shop floor workers a tub for Christmas.They didn't last long and I was very happy to receive the smaller 380g box from a friend when she came to our house for Xmas lunch.

            What are Celebrations?

            A joyful mix of eight different chocolate bars form Mars (the company not the planet), in mini form. Individually wrapped and giving you one large, depending on greed and size of mouth, or two decent bites of some of the most popular bars around. They come in a red box on which is written in large letters Celebrations in the colours of the mini bars The mini bars are also shown on the box.

            What do you get?

            Twix, Mars Bar, Bounty, Snickers, Maltesers, Milky Way , Caramel and Galaxy. Yes that's eight! Each one is individually wrapped in it's own iconic wrappers with a twist at each end and a really clever little cut in the wrapper in the centre edge which make it very easy to unwrap. At a pinch you can do this one handed so you don't lose your drink or whatever , teeth help!

            Each one of them really does give you a taste of the standard bar. I would not think of buying 8 different bars but this really satisfied my sweet tooth and caused a few, "Who ate all the Mar Bar moments!"

            I was particularly impressed with the thickness of the chocolate on the bars and the Galaxy which I had not tasted for years was a good chunk of thick chocolate. The Malteser actually had a whole malteser in it and the Twix, my husband's favourite had a good sized crunchy biscuit piece under the caramel.

            Do I have a favourite?

            No, I loved them all. As they were a gift I couldn't very well count them but he box was full and although they were passed around the 6 of us a few times there was still a lot left. They make a great present for anytime of the year and there is sure to be one in the box that suits even the hardest to please.

            The ingredients and nutritional information is given on the box but as this is an occasional indulgence for once this does not matter but they are suitable for vegetarians and might contain hazlenuts.

            5 out of 5 stars from me, well done Mars for a great idea. I hope I get some more next year.

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            Celebrations come in three sizes that I am aware of. 70g, 380g and 750g watch out for special offers.

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              My favourite Fairy.

              It's always nice to find something that fulfills it's promise, particularly when it makes your life just a little bit easier.

              I needed to buy some washing up liquid and Fairy has always been top of my list except for the Fairy Sensitive which I have just reviewed which was a bit of a damp squib. So I turned my eyes to the shelves in Morrisons and discovered Fairy Platinum Lemon. 650ml to be on special offer and decided to give it a try.

              This was a week or so just before Christmas so it was going to get a real work out, here come the guests!

              I actually tried it out on Christmas day and have to say that it is the best Fairy that I have tried. High praise indeed.

              The packaging.

              The bottle is made of opaque, silvery white plastic with it's traditional, bright red click on top. It is shaped well, a thin oval bottle with hand grips molded in to make it easy to hold with wet hands. The colour is quite attractive and you can see the level of the liquid through the plastic. It actually looks more peachy colour from the outside due to the opaque color of the bottle.

              Fairy claim, on the front of the bottle, that this liquid has the power of an overnight soak in just 10 minutes and that it is Fairy's best ever cleaning. On the reverse are the usual warnings, to keep it away from children and if you happen to get it in your eyes to rinse with water,

              After use we are advised to rinse and dry them thoroughly and if you have damaged or sensitive skin avoid long contact with the liquid and washing solution.

              What is it like to use?

              Flip up the top and squeeze a small amount into your washing up bowl, the consistency is just right, neither too thin nor too thick. Add hot water and dirty dishes! The smell is lemony but not hugely lemony and there are lots of frothy bubbles

              The first thing I noticed was that the dishes were actually squeaky clean as they came out of the water! I tend to rinse the suds off and the glasses and plates were so clean that I was really impressed!

              When I next washed up I took particular care to soak some pie dishes with pastry round the edge and ham and turkey sauce,(it was Christmas), well stuck on to the dish. Fairy fulfilled it's promise. After 10 or 15 minutes at the most the food had loosened and was easy to clean off.

              The good results have continued since then and it has met every challenge well. I wash all my dishes by hand and I am only about a third of the way through the bottle so good marks for how economical it is too.

              I have not had any reaction with the liquid and although I would like the lemon scent to be a little stronger, to be fair I have had a cold, but this is going to be my Fairy of choice from now on.

              5 out of 5 stars from me.

              I paid 1.46 pounds for my 650ml bottle (which is recyclable), in Morrisons in Gibraltar

              Thanks for reading my review, I also post on Ciao under splishsplash.

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            • Wagg Training Treats / Dog Food / 31 Readings / 31 Ratings
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              Great little treats for us all.

              I have had to wait until the dog is asleep to write this review as these treats have been so successful she knows the moment I go near the packet!

              Trick or treat?

              Our dog Jess is from a rescue centre and is 95% Golden Retriever and 5% something else that has given her long, long eyelashes and whiskers on her face! At just over 25 kilos she is a big , strapping dog but is blessed with a very delicate tum.

              Because of this we do not buy her treats and our friends are very careful if they come with a little present for Jess to enjoy knowing that it might result in the midnight dash to the bushes.

              Wagg training treats arrived a Christmas through some kind friends and have had a very happy outcome for all, they have passed the tum test.

              What are they?

              Little tiny bone shaped treats which have been oven baked and are suitable for dogs over 8 weeks. They contain wheat , beef meal(14%) glycerine, poultry meal(4%) meal, fat, yoghurt, whey powder and minerals. They also contains vitamins A and E and have no added sugar.

              The tiny, crunchy, biscuits are not smelly unlike some treats and a couple of these will have Jess nearly turning cartwheels! They can even tempt her into her bath and that is pretty difficult.

              They come in a pack of 125g easy to rip open and stow in your pocket. A self sealing top might be an improvement but for around 1 pound in cost they are a safe treat for a wobbly tum.

              They should be stored in a cool dry place before opening and I double wrap them in a plastic bag once opened and hide them!

              As you can tell these get 5 out of 5 stars from us all.

              Available on line from amazon.co.uk for around 1 pound a pack and I see that there is also a chicken and cheese variety too.

              Thanks for reading my review, I also post on ciao under splishsplash.

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              • Paint Your Wagon (DVD) / DVD / 33 Readings / 33 Ratings
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                Once a year it's great muddy musical.

                Every so often we feel the need to watch a musical and "Paint your Wagon" generally comes top of the pile. The first time I watched this combined musical and Western I was a bit in shock as I didn't realise that Clint Eastwood can sing. Actually he can't sing very well but he does sing better than Lee Marvin the other star of the film!

                Cast

                Lee Marvin as Ben Rumson

                Clint Eastwood as Partner

                Jean Seberg as Elizabeth.

                The Plot,

                It is the Californian Gold rush and a wagon train bearing hopefuls of many nationalities slowly winds it's way a long when disaster strikes. One wagon slides down a cliff to a river bed killing one of the two brothers who own it. The other ( Clint Eastwood) is rescued by Ben Rumson who, on spying gold dust in the grave he is digging, stakes his claim on the ground and instantly adopts Clint Eastwood as his Partner, a name that sticks with him all through the film.

                Life goes on in the muddy, all male shanty town until one day, after an all male hilarious dance, chaos is caused by the arrival of a Mormon with two wives. The unfairness of one man having two of something they have none of inspires an auction for Elizabeth who is fed up with her Mormon husband and co wife. A still drunken Ben wins Elizabeth and an unlikely marriage springs into being.

                What's it like.

                It is full of whole hearted muddy fun and singing and dancing from start to finish! Inevitably Partner falls in love with Elizabeth and their happy triangle is threatened by encroaching civilisation. The action never pauses and the relationship between Ben, the hardened miner and drinker and Partner the steady ex farmer gives extra zest to the whole glorious mess.

                My Opinion.

                It's old but still great fun. Neither of the male stars can sing well but it doesn't seem to matter. Anyone who has heard Lee Marvin sing "I was born under a wandering star" will know what I mean! The most well known song that Clint Eastwood sings is "I Talk to the Trees", a romantic ballad which he sings quite well.The action is fast and clever and the mix of characters though corny adds to the whole. Once or twice a year will find us singing along with "No name City, population male" In their quest for gold and feminine companionship and enjoying a glorious, muddy, musical with singing cowboys too!

                Recommended for 13 years and above.

                Based on the Lerner and Loewe Broadway musical play. Music by Frederick Loewe and additional Songs by Andre Previn.

                Running time approx 158 mins.

                4 out of 5 stars for me. It won't suit everyone!

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                Not impressed by this version.

                Over the last 8 weeks I have been a bit disorganised as I have had a temporary job. This has resulted in me rushing around in my breaks to get any shopping that I needed mostly from the cut price shop just round the corner. I generally always try to buy Fairy Washing up liquid and after using a useless cheap and cheerful brand hunted around to find my favourite. The only one I could find was Fairy Sensitive with chamomile and Vitamin E which was new to me and I paid 1.25pounds for 500ml.

                The packaging and product.

                Fairy Sensitive comes in a frosted opaque bottle through which you can see the pale yellow washing up liquid. The bottle is nicely shaped to make it easily to grip with wet hand and has the traditional red , click on and off top.
                On the front label, above the Fairy logo are some chamomile flowers and a dermatological tested logo.A swirl of yellow takes us down to a nicely moisturised hand which is not red and a bit bashed through hard work like mine.

                On the reverse are the ingredients and instructions for use which in the case of my bottle appear to be in Polish and Romanian, (I think!) but I shall assume we all know how to squirt it into a bowl of hot water.As ever keep it out of the range of children and if you get it in your yes wash them well.A small drawing of hands with "Mild to hands" also appears on the back above the www.sustainable cleaning.com logo.

                The Product.

                The liquid has a slightly strange perfume, I drink chamomile tea a lot and it is vaguely like this a bit flowery and non decrepit. The liquid is a pale yellow and froths up well in the bowl with the normal Fairy good cleaning properties, tough on grease and left over food. It also lasts much longer than other brands and I will always pay a little more for Fairy but this version was not a hit with me. If I get neat washing up liquid on my hands it does irritate but I have never had a reaction to a washing up liquid when diluted. I did not notice any improvement in my hand after a couple of weeks of use.

                Fairy do so many nice scents that fill your kitchen with lovely aromas that I did find this very insipid, nearly said wishy washy, and I think Fairy have taken a wrong turn with this. Good washing qualities but it does not compare with the latest Fairy Platinum which I will be reviewing shortly. If you have sensitive hands, wear a pair of rubber gloves and buy a nice smelling version!

                3 out of 5 stars from me.

                Thanks for reading my review, I also post on Ciao under splishsplash.

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